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Indigenous autonomy a good start to improved life outcomes – Peterborough Examiner

The gap between indigenous peoples and the rest of Canada doesn’t stop at wealth; it is also evident in health measures, writes David Clement.

Back in 2015’s federal election, then-candidate Justin Trudeau made hefty promises on issues important to Canadians. One that hasn’t been at the top of headlines has been the government’s treatment of Canada’s indigenous people. This was supposed to be a priority for Trudeau.

It came to the national fore in August 2016 after the Tragically Hip’s final concert in Kingston, Ont. With 11.7 million Canadians watching, a clearly ailing Gord Downie looked up at Trudeau in the crowd and said “he’s going to take us where we need to go” (referring to improving relations with, and conditions in, indigenous communities). Downie, moving back and forth between Trudeau and the crowd, then explained how we all have a duty to fix this broken relationship, and how current conditions “aren’t cool, and everybody knows it.” What was an obviously emotional night left the one-third of Canadians watching the broadcast wondering: how bad has it gotten?

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